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Rejuvenating Communism: Youth Organizations and Elite Renewal in Post-Mao China

March 20, 2023 @ 12:00 pm 1:15 pm

Speaker: Jérôme Doyon, Junior Professor at SciencesPo; author of Rejuvenating Communism: Youth Organizations and Elite Renewal in Post-Mao China
Respondent: Elizabeth Perry, Henry Rosovsky Professor of Government at Harvard University; Director, Harvard-Yenching Institute,

Working for the administration remains one of the most coveted career paths for young Chinese. “Rejuvenating Communism: Youth Organizations and Elite Renewal in Post-Mao China” seeks to understand what motivates young and educated Chinese to commit to a long-term career in the party-state and how this question is central to the Chinese regime’s ability to maintain its cohesion and survive. Jérôme Doyon draws upon extensive fieldwork and statistical analysis in order to illuminate the undogmatic commitment recruitment techniques and other methods the state has taken to develop a diffuse allegiance to the party-state in the post-Mao era. He then analyzes recruitment and political professionalization in the Communist Party’s youth organizations and shows how experiences in the Chinese Communist Youth League transform recruits and feed their political commitment as they are gradually inducted into the world of officials. As the first in-depth study of the Communist Youth League’s role in recruitment, this book challenges the assumption that merit is the main criteria for advancement within the party-state, an argument with deep implications for understanding Chinese politics today.

Lunch will be served for in-person attendees. 

Registration is required for both online and in-person attendees. Register at: https://hksexeced.tfaforms.net/f/event-registration?s=a1n4V000006EM8BQAW&c=7014V000002IyegQAC


March 20, 2023
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
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Wexner W-434 A.B

19 Eliot St
Cambridge, 02138 United States

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